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Editorial Snapshot: Shifting the focus away from Impact Factor

- G.A., Senior Editor

As universities and research institutes adapt to pressure from governments and grant agencies to increase open access to research findings, it has become clear that new methods of publishing require new ways of looking at scientific output. In particular, as new open access journals are established, they face the challenge of considerably lower impact factors compared to legacy journals in their respective fields.

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Science News: Greenland abandons the search for fossil fuels

– G.A., Senior Editor

Beginning at the end of the 19th century and extending throughout the entire 20th century, humans extracted immense volumes of oil and gas from the Earth’s crust. Governments launched frantic searches for oil fields that could be used to power national economies and also fill government coffers through the sale of oil and gas to non-producing nations. Finding and tapping hidden reserves was seen to be part of the responsibility of any well-meaning government.

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Editorial Snapshot: Major European funders call for publishers to respect researchers’ rights

- G.A., Senior Editor

As open access publishing continues to expand due to the increasing momentum of Plan S, the attention of some research funding agencies is beginning to shift from the benefits of open access for readers to the benefits for the authors themselves.

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Science News: Granting the right to own property to wildlife

– G.A., Senior Editor

While modern capitalism’s focus on owning and controlling natural resources has been seen as overwhelmingly damaging to the other species we share our planet with, Karen Bradshaw, a professor at Arizona State University, has written a book in which she proposes that the same capitalistic focus be used on behalf of wildlife to protect specific habitats and biodiversity in general.

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